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50 MINUS 4 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Cooper Beebe

In which BracketCat counts down the 50th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Cooper Beebe.

#50 Cooper Beebe
I’m not sure anyone expected Cooper Beebe (50) to make quite as much impact as he did in 2020. Heck, this time last year I penciled him in as third-string. Instead, he started seven games at right tackle and an additional game at left guard. Now he looks to be an offensive line mainstay in 2021.
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#50 Cooper Beebe

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-3 | 320 lbs. | Kansas City, Kansas
Cooper Beebe
Cooper Beebe
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Cooper J. Beebe (b. May 19, 2001) was a promising three-star offensive lineman out of Piper High School in Kansas City. He played against Bowling Green and Kansas as a reserve offensive lineman in 2019, retaining his redshirt for the season amid a deep offensive line.

Beebe, who is majoring in secondary education, played in nine games in 2020, with eight starts. He started the first three games at right tackle before an injury sidelined him for one contest, then he started four more games at right tackle and the final game at left guard.

Beebe was part of a unit that helped K-State to tie for first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in sacks allowed (14), while the Wildcats led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in red-zone offense (93.9%). He also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.

Beebe lettered four years for the Piper Pirates, including the final season under head coach Rick Pollard. He was rated the 79th-best defensive tackle in the Class of 2019 by ESPN, while the organization also ranked him the ninth-best player in the state of Kansas.

Beebe earned first team all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle in 2017, while he was an honorable mention pick by both outlets as a freshman, sophomore and senior.

He also picked up first-team all-state honors from the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) as an offensive lineman in 2018.

Beebe totaled 128 tackles with 34 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and five forced fumbles during his career.

He was selected to play for Team USA U-17 in the 2017 International Bowl against Team Japan, as well as for Team USA U-19 in the 2018 World Championships, and he also played in the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Beebe also competed in the shot put, placing third in the state in 2017, and basketball.

His father, Tom, played football at Pittsburg State, while his brother, Colton Beebe, was a tight end at Minnesota. Another brother, Camden, is a Class of 2023 offensive lineman who’s already been offered by K-State.

Cooper picked K-State over offers from Kansas and Minnesota, plus interest from Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville and Northwestern.